From Middle English podel, diminutive of Old English pudd (“ditch”), from Proto-Germanic *puddaz (compare Low German Pudel (“puddle”), Middle High German podel (“quagmire, mudhole”), Hunsrik Puttel, dialectal German Pfudel (“puddle”), German pudeln (“to splash about”)), ultimately imitative.
puddle (plural puddles)
- A small, often temporary, pool of water, usually on a path or road. [from 14th c.]
- (now dialectal) Stagnant or polluted water. [from 16th c.]
- 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, Kupperman, published 1988, page 90:
- searching their habitations for water, we could fill but three barricoes, and that such puddle, that never till then we ever knew the want of good water.
- A homogeneous mixture of clay, water, and sometimes grit, used to line a canal or pond to make it watertight. [from 18th c.]
- (rowing) The ripple left by the withdrawal of an oar from the water.
- 1969, Charles Cuthbert Brown, Malay Sayings, page 88:
- I had only to see the 'puddle' to know that your paddle made it.
- 2007, Rowing News, volume 14, number 5, page 36:
- As the blade exits the water the puddle is very tight and dark. It is also very quiet.
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- To form a puddle.
- To play or splash in a puddle.
- (entomology) Of butterflies, to congregate on a puddle or moist substance to pick up nutrients.
- To process iron, gold, etc., by means of puddling.
- To line a canal with puddle (clay).
- To collect ideas, especially abstract concepts, into rough subtopics or categories, as in study, research or conversation.
- To make (clay, loam, etc.) dense or close, by working it when wet, so as to render impervious to water.
- To make foul or muddy; to pollute with dirt; to mix dirt with (water).
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iv]:
- Some unhatched practice […] / Hath puddled his clear spirit.